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In the heat of the night / The Mirisch Corporation presents the Norman Jewison/Walter Mirisch production ; screenplay by Stirling Silliphant ; produced by Walter Mirisch ; directed by Norman Jewison.

Jewison, Norman, 1926- (film director.). Mirisch, Walter, (film producer.). Silliphant, Stirling, 1918-1996 (screenwriter.). Poitier, Sidney, (actor.). Steiger, Rod, 1925-2002 (actor.). Oates, Warren, 1928-1982 (actor.). Grant, Lee, 1927- (actor.). Ball, John Dudley, 1911-1988 Motion picture adaptation of (work): In the heat of the night. (Added Author). Mirisch Corporation, (presenter,, production company.). Criterion Collection (Firm), (publisher.). Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson. (Cast).
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  • 0 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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1 current hold with 1 total copy.

Series Information

Criterion collection ; 959.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Jackson Co PL - Seymour Main Library DVD FIC IN (Text) 37500004981391 New Items Checked out 04/22/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781681435404
  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert (12 unnumbered panels : illustrations ; 19 cm)
  • Edition: DVD edition; DVD special edition.
  • Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Title and credits from screen.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1967.
Based on the novel by John Ball.
Widescreen (1.85:1 aspect ratio).
New 4K digital restoration.
Featuress: 2008 audio commentary with Norman Jewison, Haskell Wexler, Rod Steiger and Lee Grant; New interviews with director Norman Jewison and actor Lee Grant; Segment from a 2006 American Film Institute interview with actor Sidney Poitier; New interview with Aram Goudsouzian, author of Sidney Poitier: man, actor, icon; Turning up the heat: movie-making in the '60s, a 2008 program about the production of the film and its legacy, featuring Jewison, Wexler, producer Walter Mirisch, and filmmakers John Singleton and Reginald Hudlin; Quincy Jones: breaking new sound, a 2008 program about Jones's innovative soundtrack, including the title song sung by Ray Charles, featuring interviews with Jones, lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, and musician Herbie Hancock; trailer; on insert, An essay by critic K. Austin Collins.
Creation/Production Credits Note:
Director of photography, Haskell Wexler ; editor, Hal Ashby ; music, Quincy Jones.
Participant or Performer Note:
Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant, Larry Gates, James Patterson.
Summary, etc.:
Passing through the backwoods town of Sparta, Mississippi, Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier) becomes embroiled in a murder case. He forms an uneasy alliance with the bigoted police chief (Rod Steiger), who faces mounting pressure from Sparta's hostile citizens to catch the killer and run the African American interloper out of town.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC; region 1; 16:9 wide screen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby digital monaural.
Language Note:
In English with optional English subtitles for the hearing-impaired.
Subject: African American detectives > Drama.
Homicide investigation > Mississippi > Sparta > Drama.
Racism > Mississippi > Sparta > Drama.
Mississippi > Race relations > Drama.
Genre: Detective and mystery films.
Crime films.
Film adaptations.
Feature films.
Fiction films.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.

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